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Radiology Courses 2011 -

13th Dec 2010

Radiology Courses 2011 -
Maidenhead 5th / 6th February. Further details will be shown on the Courses section of website soon. Hertfordshire dates to be announced.

Lyn Watson Shoulder Courses 2011

13th Dec 2010

Lyn Watson Shoulder Courses 2011 -
Part One 24th / 25th June, Part Two 26th / 27th June. Further details will be shown on the Courses section of the website soon.

MACP strongly influences IFOMPT Standards Monitoring Documentation

13th Dec 2010

MACP strongly influences IFOMPT Standards Monitoring Documentation -
Following recent correspondence with the IFOMPT Standards Committee, who are responsible for making sure that courses leading to membership of IFOMPT reach pre-determined standards, the MACPs recent submission, which occurs on a cyclical basis, has been utilised to form a template for future submissions from other member organisations.

British Society of Rheumatologists

13th Dec 2010

British Society of Rheumatologists -
The MACP will have a stand at the British Society of Rheumatologists and Arthritis Research Musculoskeletal Alliance conference to be held in Brighton in April 2011.


13th Dec 2010

MACP AGM 2011 -
The MACP AGM will be held on the 8th October 2011, at the CSP Congress which is to be held in Liverpool on 7th and 8th October.

Independent prescribing streamlines patient care

3rd Dec 2010

Independent prescribing streamlines patient care.

The Department of Health published 'Allied health professions prescribing and medicines supply mechanisms scoping project.' The report recommended that a further consultation be undertaken to advance physiotherapists and podiatrists to independent prescribing rights. Physiotherapists currently have access to supplementary prescribing courses, but an update course, which would elevate them to independent prescribers, has been proposed.

A DH engagement exercise on independent prescribing is currently underway. To support this consultation, add your views at

Peter Huijbregts

12th Nov 2010

We are sad to report the death on Saturday 6th November of Peter Huijbregts.

"Peter was a physical therapist of Dutch origin but for many years based in British Columbia, Canada. To me, he epitomised a modern, scientific and forward thinking manual therapist, and a fantastic human being. I first met him in Vancouver in 2007. I had been communicating with him regarding some work related to the Journal of Manual and Manipulative Therapeutics, for which he was editor, for some months prior to this. I was immediately taken with Peter's support, encouragement, warmth and love for his work, family and Canada. He was really proud that WCPT was in his home state, and went out of his way to welcome me, and many others, to British Columbia. As a manual therapist, his worked always remained clinical. However, he authored numerous book chapters, over 40 articles, and his own book on myofascial trigger points, with Jan Dommerholt. He also has a, now posthumous, book yet to be realised on the evidence for neck and arm pain, written with Cesar Fernandez-de-las-Penas and Josh Cleland. He was editor for JMMT between 2004 and 2007, and also edited the Current Topics in Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Medicine series, in addition to various other journal appointments. He gained his Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree in 2001 and held an Assistant Professor post at the University of St Augustine since 2002. His clinical work continued in practices throughout British Columbia. Peter Huijbregts was a great physical therapist. Peter was 44 years old and died in his sleep on Saturday 6th November 2010".

Roger Kerry

Interested in Musculoskeletal Research?

8th Nov 2010


If yes then the South East National Physiotherapy Research Network (SE NPRN) Musculoskeletal Interest Group would like to hear from you.

The MSK hub can provide a network to support, facilitate and develop common areas of interest for research and audit. We can either do this by setting up quarterly meetings to meet and discuss potential projects or future projects, offer seminar sessions where local practitioners can disseminate their work or provide opportunities to develop your research & audit skills.

It would help us if you could let us know what you would want and find most useful so we can plan for the future. Please contact the hub facilitators below.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Kind regards

Clair Hebron BSc (Hons), MSc, MMACP
Secretary MACP Executive Committee
Course Leader MSc Neuromusculoskeletal Physiotherapy
University of Brighton - 01273 643878

Liz Bryant PhD
Research Fellow
School of Health Professions
University of Brighton
Tel: 01273 641802 (Thurs & Fri only)

New guidance from the Department of Health suggests that Sports and Exercise Medicine (SEM) Physicians provide better care than ESPs

1st Nov 2010

New guidance from the Department of Health suggests that Sports and Exercise Medicine (SEM) Physicians provide better care than ESPs:

"Introducing SEM Physicians into a locality generates significant savings on musculoskeletal services total spend. SEM Physicians are able to co-ordinate the work of MSK interface services, and absorb a large amount of referrals previously inappropriately sent to secondary care Orthopaedic and Rheumatology services. A community delivered SEM service with running costs of £100 per new patient and £50 per follow-up patient is modelled to generate approximately £129,565 cost-savings per year in reduced secondary care referrals alone, with the added benefit of releasing time from outpatient clinics for Orthopaedic Surgeons to spend more time operating. These figures are based on real life case studies from across the country (Appendix A).

Alternatives practitioners to doctors such as Extended-Scope Physiotherapists (ESP's) exist, however evidence indicates that onward referral rates are much higher, with clinical outcomes equivalent only to a junior doctor standard of care. The benefits of ESP's are that the direct costs are cheaper than a specialist."
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7th Interdisciplinary World Congress

20th Oct 2010

7th Interdisciplinary World Congress on Low Back & Pelvic Pain
Balanced Solutions: Effective Implementation of Evidence Based Research
November 9 - 12, 2010
Hyatt Regency Century Plaza
Los Angeles, CA, USA



We invite you to join us for the 7th Interdisciplinary World Congress on Low Back & Pelvic Pain, to be held November 9-12, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. This 2010 Congress will feature diverse and exciting research from our colleagues around the world.

A preliminary program is now available on the Congress website. Please visit the website for more information on registration, accommodations, and updated information.

The theme of the 2010 World Congress is Balanced Solutions: Effective Implementation of Evidence Based Research. The program will be presented in the format of three main sessions led by moderators and keynote speakers known for their expertise in selected areas followed by five parallel sessions that highlight topic specific research. Seven primary subject areas will address the dominant theme and they include movement stability in lumbopelvic pain, pelvic girdle pain (diagnostics, risk factors and motor control), cognitive aspects of treatment, evidence based practice for low back pain along with diagnosis and treatment, connective tissue and the role of fascia, surgical management, and sports medicine and exercise. The weekend workshops will share clinician experience in the management of lumbopelvic pain. Open poster presentation will illustrate the worldwide research of new and innovative ideas in the field.

Don't miss out! Register Now. Reduced registration fees are also available for members of endorsing organizations. Please review the website for a list of organizations and to register.

The headquarters for the 7th Interdisciplinary World Congress on Low Back & Pelvic Pain is the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel. We have negotiated a reduced rate for Congress attendees. Please visit the program website for more information.

This activity has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.
We are looking forward to seeing you in Los Angeles in November.
Andry Vleeming and Colleen Fitzgerald

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